Translation & Language
An international guide to
resources and contacts
International Phonetic Association (IPA)
Founded in 1886, it promotes the scientific study of phonetics and practical applications. Includes the International Phonetic Alphabet.
International Society for Dialectology and Geolinguistics
Dedicated to the worldwide study and promotion of dialectology and geolinguistics, through research, publications, and programmes.
The International Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication
IALIC was voted into existence by delegates at the 4th Cross-Cultural Capability Conference, Leeds Metropolitan University, December 1999.
The Association's constitution sets out its aims as follows:
1. The Association will provide support to scholars in their academic life within the field of Languages and Intercultural Communication, and will promote Languages and Intercultural Communication as an academic field.
2. The Association will seek to bring together international scholars and practitioners from a broad range of disciplinary backgrounds, among which, anthropology, sociolinguistics, psychology, literary studies, management and organisation studies, as well as linguists and applied linguists.
International Accociation of Language Centres
IALC was founded in 1983 as a worldwide association for independent, private language schools teaching the language(s) of their country. It aims to assure and promote the quality of the language courses provided by the private, independent language schools that are members of IALC worldwide.
International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language
Our mission is to link, develop and support English Language Teaching professionals throughout the world. We do this through:
a range of regular publications. These include six copies of our magazine IATEFL Voices and a free publication per year;
holding an Annual International Conference with an extensive programme of talks and workshops, which attracts over 1,300 delegates;
Tessa Woodward, IATEFL Presidentoffering members the chance to join any number of 14 Special Interest Groups (SIGs);
providing members with reduced rates on a number of selected professional journals;
offering scholarships to specific groups of teachers to enable them to attend our Annual Conference;
linking with associated professional organisations in other countries;
providing help to others in forming or developing a local teachers' organisation.
Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers
Promotes the advancement of second language teaching throughout Canada by creating opportunities for professional development, by encouraging research and by facilitating the sharing of information and the exchange of ideas among second language educators.
Prague Linguistic Circle
The Circle has regular meetings to which scholars are invited to present on topics of interest, research in progress and history of linguistics. In the past five years, Prague has been the site of a number of linguistic conferences and workshops.
European Centre for Modern Languages
Implements language policies, and disseminates good practice in the area of modern language learning and teaching among member states of the European Council.
European Language Council
A permanent and independent association whose main aim is the quantitative and qualitative improvement of knowledge of the languages and cultures of the European Union and beyond. Membership is open to all institutions of higher education and all national and international associations with a special interest in languages.
Défense de la langue française
Créée en 1958, selon les dispositions de la loi de 1901, l'association Défense de la langue française rassemble une partie de ceux qui, pour reprendre les termes de leur président Jean Dutourd, de l'Académie française, considèrent que le français est notre trésor.
Gesellschaft für bedrohte Sprachen
e.V. (Society for Endangered Languages)
A non-profit organization, founded in 1997 in Germany to further the use, preservation, and documentation of some 6,500 endangered languages and dialects. In German and English
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft (DGfS)(German Society for Linguistics)
Founded in 1978, the DGfS is an association of people and institutions that perform academic research into natural languages.
Fachverband moderne Fremdsprachen (Professional association for modern foreign languages)
An information centre for foreign language teachers from all kinds of schools.
Gesellschaft für deutsche Sprache (Society for the German language)
Founded in 1947, this is an association committed to fostering and performing research into the German language.
Gesellschaft für Semantik (Society for semantics)
A loose association for the improvement and intensification of scientific exchange in the area of semantics. It was founded in October 1994.
Gesellschaft für Sprache und Sprachen (GeSuS) e.V. (Society for language and languages)
Founded in 1987 as a registered association it pursues the nonprofit making aims of promoting the teaching and interdisciplinary research into language and languages.
Verein Deutsche Sprache e.V. (The German language association)
Strives to preserve the purity of the German language and to resist the unnecessary introduction of Anglicisms.
Italianistic and Italian Language (ITA.L.I.)
Non-profit Study Centre for italian language promotion worldwide
Applied Linguistics Association of New Zealand (ALANZ)
The New Zealand affiliate of AILA (The International Association of Applied Linguistics). Membership of the association provides access to a network of individuals interested and active in applied linguistics research; occasional research seminars are held and an annual research symposium.
African Language Association of Southern Africa (ALASA)
ALASA was established in 1979 as a non-discriminatory, non-profit-making Association at a conference hosted by the Department of African Languages of the University of South Africa (UNISA).
ALASA has two main aims:
1. to promote interaction between researchers, students and teachers of African languages and literature, and
2. to assist in the promotion of research, language development and effective verbal and written communication in a multilingual society, for example, in matters relating to language planning and policy, education policy and liaison with other organisations with similar interests.
Schweizerische Gesellschaft für bedrohte Sprachen (Swiss society for endangered languages)
Founded in 1997 this is a nonprofit making association to delineate undocumented languages and to support indigenous attempts at preserve languages.
Center for Applied Linguistics
A nonprofit, private institution applying knowledge about language to issues of concern to educators, policymakers, and immigrant and refugee service providers.
Institute of Linguists
A membership organisation for professional translators, interpreters, language educationalists and those using languages in industry and commerce.
The Association of British Language Schools (ABLS)
Stands for diversity and choice in English language provision. Fights, and continues fighting, very hard to ensure that students wishing to come to England are made fully aware of the truly wide range of quality providers available to them. ABLS members are recognised by the UK authorities in exactly the same way as providers connected to the British Council.
Association for Language Learning
The Association for Language Learning (ALL) is the major subject association for those involved in teaching all foreign languages at all levels.
The Association actively promotes through its members the teaching and learning of foreign languages by providing information and publications, organising professional development activities and acting as a public voice on behalf of members.
National Association for Teaching English and other Community Languages to Adults
NATECLA is for teachers of ESOL or community languages or volunteers or community workers using English with multi-lingual groups.
Linguistic Society of America
The Linguistic Society of America (LSA) was founded in 1924 to advance the scientific study of language. Linguistics has developed dramatically in the intervening years, greatly expanding the understanding of human language.
LSA is the largest linguistic society in the world and welcomes linguists of all kinds. It is the only umbrella professional linguistics organization in the US, with over 5,000 individual and library members.
Modern Language Association
Founded in 1883 by teachers and scholars, the Modern Language Association promotes the study and teaching of language and literature.
South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)
The South Atlantic Modern Language Association is an organization of teachers, scholars, and graduate students dedicated to the advancement of teaching and to literary and linguistic scholarship in the modern languages.
Alaska Native Language Center
Established in 1972 by state legislation as a center for documentation and cultivation of the state's 20 Native languages.
National Association for Bilingual Education
The National Association for Bilingual Education is the only professional organization at the national level wholly devoted to representing both English language learners and bilingual education professionals.
National Foreign Language Center
NFLC is a Resource for Studies, Consultancies, and Programming On Cross-Cultural Communication and Language. Since its founding in 1986, the National Foreign Language Center has served as the nation’s principal institutional resource for strategic planning and drafting of policy for language in the United States.
Society for the Study of the Indigenous
Languages of the Americas
The Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA) was founded in December 1981 as the international scholarly organization representing American Indian linguistics, and was incorporated in 1997. Membership in SSILA is open to all those who are interested in the scientific study of the languages of the native peoples of North, Central and South America.
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